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Asus Eee PC 901

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Specifications

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NameAsus Eee PC 901
ProcessorIntel Atom N270 1.6Ghz
Screen8.9“ WSVGA Widescreen
RAM1GB (Upgradable to 2GB)
HDD12GB to 20GB - SSD
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
NetworkEthernet, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth

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Discussion

John Paterson, Sydney, Australia, 2014/06/02 09:18

I have been running full Linux versions since ASUS stopped issuing updates for their easy-to-use Linux. I have also updated it with 2GB RAM, and replaced the 16GB “data” SSD with a faster Runcorp 128GB example. Note that as far as I can tell you cannot remove or replace the “boot” 4GB SSD.

My issues with this machine are two:

  1. the 1024×600 screen has too few vertical pixels for some screens. I now use Mint 17 MATE, and it works well with the bottom task bar hiding when not needed.
  2. permitting Linux to install to whatever it sees as appropriate will choose the Runcorp; hardly a surprise. But the system setup will not allow this drive to be the boot drive. So it is necessary to install more manually, and ensure the boot block is on the 4GB SSD. I use that drive for /boot and swap partitions, with / on the Runcorp. The result works very well considering the modest performance of the Atom and the integrated Intel GPU.

Obviously it is not too hard to get the 2014 Mint running on this machine, and given the computer's age that is pretty good. It remains a highly portable machine and so is ideal when on the road. I added a second battery pack, the extra-large one. Although that large battery makes the machine a little awkward as it will not fit in the slip case, it's battery run life makes up for that.

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